The Dripping Springs Board of Trustees held an emergency meeting March 16, with the primary purpose of adopting a resolution related to school closures as a result of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. The resolution, which was approved unanimously (7-0), delegates authority to the superintendent to take action and make decisions during the emergency closure. Earlier today, DSISD announced it would suspend normal operations following Spring Break by closing all schools from Monday, March 23, to Friday, April 3.
The resolution is based on national, state and county disaster declarations and recognizes the need to protect the health of students, staff and the community to the fullest extent possible. It covers multiple areas of operation such as employee pay, continued learning, employee leave, the school calendar, attendance waivers, and procurement of contracts for necessary good and services.
The resolution shall remain in effect until rescinded by Board action at a duly called meeting of the DSISD Board of Trustees.
DSISD campus and district administrators, as well as instructional staff, are diligently planning for next steps. During the March 23-April 3 closure, students will be provided with online learning opportunities and direction from their schools and teachers. It will likely take a few days following Spring Break for these plans to be finalized. In addition, the district will work with individual families that do not have technology devices or Internet access to provide resources. We also will develop and announce to those on the Free and Reduced Lunch Plan how we will assist with meals for those families. Operationally, custodial staff are using this week to conduct additional deep cleaning at all schools.